There are plenty of ways to rank the various offensive and defensive units on the Washington Redskins. One is by which group has the best talkers or rather the most quotable players. While I wouldn't say any unit is a true wasteland of yap, some are simply more colorful and unique than others, which leads to reporters seeking them out almost regardless of storylines. Here's the pre-2016 season list of the best quotes by position while saving the best for last.
Running backs - Not only is the backfield the most uncertain unit on the team, but the most understated group. Matt Jones' runs violently on the field, but talks softly off it. Chris Thompson jukes defenders with his cutting ability, but talks straightforward. Just like we haven't seen much of Keith Marshall in practice, we haven't heard him talk much either.
Offensive line - It's typical for these mountain men around the league to let their play do their talking. That's the case for some here (see Lichtensteiger, Kory), but there's hope. Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams is both cordial and candid. The smile on Morgan Moses' face is larger this year, his second as Washington's starting right tackle. Initial signs point to improved performance when it comes to keeping quarterback Kirk Cousins upright and dropping some helpful words. There might be a debate over whether Shawn Lauvao or Spencer Long should start at left guard, but there's no doubt Lauvao is the better storyteller. Will be curious if the always-pleasant Brandon Scherff opens up more as his career takes off.
Wide receivers - DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson might be part of the NFL's top receiving group, but aren't necessarily go-to targets for insight beyond their general celebrity status. That said, Garcon, who runs the most dangerous routes on the field, provides tough talk at times in front of the microphones. Jackson is the Redskins' version of E.F. Hutton because at any moment he could say some epic shit that's anything but basic.
Defensive line - Frankly, this ranking is lower than I expected seeing as last year the DL was the place to be. Perhaps similar to questions about the playing rotation, the depth took a hit with Terrance Knighton's exit. Ricky Jean Francois is a funnel of positivity and excitement. Chris Baker is all kinds of accommodating, but at times checks the "Swaggy" persona witnessed on social media at the door before interviews. Kedric Golston provides unique perspective as the longest tenured player on the team. We'll see what help newcomers Kendall Reyes and Ziggy Hood provide.
Quarterbacks - This is basically a one-man situation. While Kirk Cousins' politician type answers game is strong, he'll go hard when there's a point to make yet in such a way some might initially hear a non-answer. Sure, "You like that" is dangerously close to feeling overplayed, but the organic moment was the Redskins' quote of 2015.
Linebackers - Will Compton's enthusiasm for football pops when talking with reporters while Junior Galette applies his pass rushing intensity to nearly every sentence. Preston Smith could end up becoming a sneaky star in time. Ryan Kerrigan won't provide bulletin board material or a juicy headline, but he's there for a solid synopsis from a team leader. Potential exists with rookie and Seinfeld fanatic Su'a Cravens.
Tight ends - Jordan Reed is the star between the lines, but Niles Paul and Vernon Davis are the Pro Bowl options in the talking realm. Both bring introspection when discussing their football lives and challenges not often found with athletes or humans in general while at the same time motivating those around them. Hey, Jay Gruden, get these guys involved in the passing game so there's even more reason to seek out sound bites.
Defensive backs - No Crying Jordan emoji when talking about these talkers. Safety David Bruton, signed as a free agent this offseason is thoughtful, interesting and might not even crack the starting lineup in the secondary when it comes to most quotable. Josh Norman's signing didn't just potentially transform an entire defense, but perhaps the Redskins' entire talker hierarchy. If you don't see or hear from the cornerback after practices or games, start worrying about some kind of media blackout or alien invasion. DeAngelo Hall is transitioning from corner to safety. There's no adjustment needed when it comes to speaking his mind. Duke Ihenacho is a wild card both on the field after an injury-plagued 2015 season and as a talker because of his effervescent style. Bashaud Breeland's confidence pops as he third-year player wants to show all that he should be in consideration among Pro Bowl corners.
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